Carroll's Iowa Legendary Rye uses Prohibition-era recipes for whiskeys
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Carroll’s Iowa Legendary Rye uses Prohibition-era recipes for whiskeys

Iowa Legendary Rye can trace its roots back 90 years to Prohibition and a mother with children to feed during a bleak time in the country.

The company’s history started back in the 1930s when bootleggers asked Lorine and Frank Sextro to use their farm as a distillery during the Great Depression, said Max Poland, master distiller and director of distillery operations at Iowa Legendary Rye in Carroll.

“At first they were reluctant, but after some thought about paying for the farm and food for their kids, they agreed,” Poland said. “Lorine ended up taking more of a liking to it than she thought and created our small-batch baker’s recipe, the true Templeton rye.”

The rye gained traction with distribution to Omaha, Denver, Chicago and all over Iowa.

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